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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby arrives to speak to reporters after the first day of the conference's meeting Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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Big 12 presidents take vow of public uniformity

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There may be plenty of heated debates and conversations behind closed doors, but when it comes to showing the public their stance, the leaders of the Big 12 have agreed to stand together for the greater good of the Big 12. On Friday, Big 12 presidents and chancellors agreed to defer all comments to commissioner Bob Bowlsby.

The show of uniformity in refraining from comment appears to put Oklahoma president David Boren on notice. Boren had made headlines with his public remarks regarding the stability of the Big 12 by suggesting the conference was psychologically disadvantaged in the power conference landscape, speaking out in favor of expansion and lamenting the missed opportunity to add Louisville to the conference. Boren’s comments have either been echoed by fellow Big 12 leaders or disputed by others. Boren speaking out gave credence to the idea the Big 12 really is not standing on solid ground as a conference, because if Oklahoma is not happy with the state of the Big 12, then there are issues that will continue to be problematic. For the Big 12 to be stable, it likely needs Oklahoma and Texas to be happy. Now, no matter what Boren really thinks, he is essentially muzzled on the big topics for the Big 12.

After two days of meetings, the Big 12 essentially comes out of their meetings silent and without any drastic changes in the works. Expansion was discussed during the recent meetings, but no specific candidates were discussed during the board of directors meeting. Bowlsby did suggest there may not be an ideal number for the conference, which is currently operating with 10 members.

So for now, as has been the case for the last few years, there is no movement on the expansion front for the Big 12, which may be disheartening to fans of BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, UCF and any other number of programs dreaming and wishing for an invite to the power conference.

Big 12 ADs meet but make no progress on championship game, expansion or TV network

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby addresses attendees to Big 12 Conference Football Media Days Monday, July 20, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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The Big 12 may one day bring its conference championship back to the conference schedule, but any hope of reviving the game in 2016 appears to be fading quickly. A meeting of Big 12 athletic directors on Thursday in Irving, Texas yielded no movement toward implementing a conference championship for the upcoming college football season.

Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12, confirmed ADs from the conference were presented with information regarding the impact a conference championship game has on sending a Big 12 champion to the College Football Playoff. The Big 12 was represented this past season by Oklahoma, an outright conference champion in regular season play, but the conference was left out of the four-team playoff field in the 2014 season despite co-champions Baylor and TCU having identical 11-1 records. Big Ten champion Ohio State wiggled past the Big 12 co-champs for the fourth and final spot in the inaugural playoff. No votes regarding the conference championship game were held by Big 12 ADs, which was expected to be the case.

The Big 12 ADs also discussed other topics that seem to follow the Big 12 wherever it goes; expansion and a Big 12 network. Like the championship game, no votes were held regarding expansion or a conference-branded sports network similar to networks operated by the Big Ten, SEC and Pac-12. But they most certainly were discussed. Bowlsby suggested the discussions were “high-level discussions.”

On Friday the presidents and chancellors from the 10 Big 12 members will meet in Irving, during which time they will be expected to review these same topics and more.

The topic of expansion in the Big 12 has continued since the departures of Nebraska (Big Ten, Colorado (Pac-12), Texas A&M and Missouri (SEC) were followed by the additions of West Virginia and TCU. Stuck on 10 members, the Big 12 lost the ability to host a conference championship game under the NCAA rules regarding championship games (conferences must have 12 teams or more to hold a conference title game). The NCAA recently allowed conferences the ability to run a conference championship game without 12 members, but the once believed to be easy choice for the Big 12 has seemed to lose support and momentum from within, and now the conference appears to have a diving line on the subject. On the one hand, a conference championship game hypothetically gives the Big 12 champion one last good, quality matchup to make a final playoff push, which may have benefitted Baylor or TCU in 2014. On the other, Oklahoma just proved it is possible to make the playoff without a championship game. A Big 12 championship game would provide more potential revenue for the conference, which is a nice luxury to have, but it carries a risk of potentially knocking a playoff entrant out of the discussion with a loss on the final weekend. The Big 12 has seen its championship game ruin national title dreams before, so it knows the pros and cons of the debate.

The complications of a Big 12 network also open the door for a stalemate, as it would likely come only if Texas abandoned The Longhorn Network. The Longhorn Network has been a polarizing issue in the Big 12 since its launch, and that is not about to change. Texas has every right to continue to stand by the network if it chooses, which means the rest of the Big 12 is going to have to convince Texas a conference-branded network would be more beneficiaal and valuable to Texas than its own network. For Texas, the ideal situation would be to have both its Longhorn Network and get a cut of a Big 12 network pie. It sounds so simple in theory, but nothing in the Big 12 is ever going to be simple.

Why start now, right?

K-State the landing spot for Cal transfer Cedric Dozier

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Nelson Agholor #15 of the USC Trojans makes a catch for a first down as he is tackled by Cedric Dozier #37 of the California Golden Bears during the first quarter at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 13, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Just ahead of National Signing Day, Kansas State has added some experienced — and immediate — help to its secondary.

On Twitter over the weekend, Cedric Dozier announced that he will be transferring to K-State after deciding to leave Cal earlier this month.  Because Dozier will be coming to Little Manhattan as a graduate transfer, the cornerback will be eligible to play in 2016, his final season of eligibility.

Dozier started 16 games in 2013 and 2014, including all 12 in the latter season.  However, he lost his starting job the following season and played sparingly — he was No. 3 on the depth chart at one point — recording just 11 tackles as a redshirt junior.

Coming to the Golden Bears as a four-star 2012 recruit, Dozier was rated as the No. 12 athlete in the country, the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Washington, and the No. 152 player overall according to Rivals.com.  Only two members of Cal’s class that year were rated higher: quarterback Zach Kline and wide receiver Bryce Treggs.

Arizona sets home-and-home with K-State, too

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 05:  The Kansas State Wildcats run onto the field prior to the start of the game against the Baylor Bears at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 5, 2015 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Just a short time ago, Nebraska announced that it has reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series with Arizona.  As it turns out, ‘Zona has added a future Big 12 opponent as well.

In a press release, Kansas State confirmed that it has signed the papers for a home-and-home with Arizona.  While the specifics dates haven’t been set, the Big 12 Wildcats will be the hosts in 2024, while the Pac-12 Wildcats will return the favor sometime in 2025.

This scheduling development comes a short time after K-State added one of Arizona’s conference brethren, Stanford, to its future slates.

“We are excited to announce a home-and-home series with Arizona of the Pac-12 Conference,” KSU athletic director Bill Currie said. “It is important for us to continue to schedule non-conference games with opponents that make sense for K-State, and we feel playing a nationally-recognized program like Arizona is a great opportunity for our program and the entire K-State Nation.”

The twin Wildcats squared off in the regular season seven times between the first meeting in 1941 and 1978, but none since. Arizona has won five of those contests, while the two teams tied in their 1953 meeting. Interestingly, all seven of the previous contests have taken place in Arizona, meaning those Wildcats will be traveling to Little Manhattan for the first time for their 2024 game.

Bryce English transfers from K-State to North Texas to be closer to cancer-stricken dad

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A month after transferring to be closer to an ailing family member, Bryce English has found a new college football home closer to his actual home.

In the same press release that confirmed the expected, that quarterback Alec Morris had transferred in, North Texas also announced that English has officially been added to the Mean Green’s roster. The defensive lineman decided to leave Kansas State in mid-December after his father was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.

Normally, English would be forced to sit out the 2016 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. However, because of his father’s health, English will apply for, and very likely be granted, a hardship waiver that would give him immediate eligibility.

Counting 2016, if the waiver is granted, English would have four seasons of eligibility remaining.

English was a three-star member of KSU’s 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 30 tackle in the country and the No. 66 player at any position in the state of Texas. Only one player in K-State’s most recent class was rated higher than English — four-star defensive back Duke Shelley.

The new addition to the Mean Green took a redshirt as a true freshman.

As for Morris, it had previously been confirmed that he would be transferring to UNT. As he would be coming in as a grad transfer, he would be eligible to compete immediately for the starting job in Seth Littrell‘s first season as head coach. This upcoming season will be Morris’ final year of eligibility.

Another potential transfer addition at the position, DeVante Kincade, stated earlier this month that UNT is his top choice. However, the addition of the Ole Miss transfer, who would have to sit out 2016 before using his final season in 2017, remains a fluid situation.